Crowd Fusion needs to add three more solid developers ASAP just to work with our existing customers, but we hire really slowly because these aren't traditional developer jobs.
I mentioned that Craig posted to Authentic Jobs looking for developer talent. That got me thinking about the people we've worked with at Weblogs, Inc., Blogsmith, Netscape and Crowd Fusion who were a successful fit. Many of them had run their own personal consulting businesses or startups before they worked with us. That makes sense. If someone understands how to get enough done to pay their rent each month, how to land new customers while not disappointing existing customers, how to deliver projects on time AND how to do all of that from home, then they've probably got what we need.
Being a developer at Crowd Fusion is not like being a developer at a bank. Crowd Fusion is a totally virtual company. Everyone works from home. There are some downsides to this, like we don't go to lunch together every day and you can't have an assistant come and work out of your house while you're away on a business trip, but the good far outweighs the bad.
37signals talks about the dangers of interruptions in the workplace and even call it the interruption tax. I'm sitting at my desk, trying to get into a problem solving zone, and you come and stand in my doorway because you've got something you need to talk to me about right now. Those interruptions are a killer. Most of the things you want to discuss can wait. Send me an email or a text message. Open a ticket in Assembla and assign it to me. Type your question into our Campfire group chatroom. Just don't stand in my doorway and stare at me.